Portrait of Bonnie Keeler
Assistant Professor
158 Humphrey School
Areas of Expertise
Science and technology; water policy; energy and environment; environmental planning; cost-benefit analysis


Bonnie Keeler, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she is affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, the Institute on the Environment, and the Natural Capital Project. Keeler works at the intersection of sustainability science and environmental economics, with particular expertise in water management and policy.

Keeler is the co-director of the CREATE Initiative, a graduate fellowship program and community-engaged research effort at the intersection of environment and equity. Keeler also directs the Beyond the Academy network - a coalition of university leaders seeking to reform academic models to promote actionable, engaged scholarship on sustainability.


PhD in Natural Resources (University of Minnesota, 2013)

MS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (University of Minnesota, 2007)

BA in Biology (Colorado College, 2001)

Keeler, B. L. (2020). Mainstream and heterodox approaches to water quality valuation: A case for pluralistic water policy analysis, Annual Review of Resource Economics, 12,

Keeler, B. L., Derickson, K. D., Waters, H. & Walker, R. (in press). Advancing water equity demands new approaches to sustainability science, One Earth, 2, 211-213

Keeler, B. L., Hamel, P., McPhearson, T., Hamann, M. H., Donahue, M. L., Prado, Kelly A Meza, Arkema, K. K., Bratman, G. N., Brauman, K. A., Finlay, J. C. & others (2019). Social-ecological and technological factors moderate the value of urban nature, Nature Sustainability, 2(1), 29

Keeler, B., Noe, R., Hawthorne, P., Gourevitch, J., Johnson, K. & Dalzell, B. (2019). Putting people on the map improves the prioritization of ecosystem services, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,

Keeler, B. L., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Guerry, A. D., Addison, P. F., Bettigole, C., Burke, I. C., Gentry, B., Chambliss, L., Young, C., Travis, A. J. & others (2017). Society is ready for a new kind of science—Is academia?, BioScience, 67(7), 591--592

Keeler, B. L., Gourevitch, J. D., Polasky, S., Isbell, F., Tessum, C. W., Hill, J. D. & Marshall, J. D. (2016). The social costs of nitrogen, Science advances, 2(10), e1600219

Keeler, B. L., Polasky, S., Brauman, K. A., Johnson, K. A., Finlay, J. C., O’Neill, A., Kovacs, K. & Dalzell, B. (2012). Linking water quality and well-being for improved assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201215991